Stephen Costello makes his Bavarian State Opera debut

Winter brings a trio of momentous house debuts for Richard Tucker Award-winner Stephen Costello. On the heels of headlining La bohème in his first appearances at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera (Dec 15-23), he heads home to the States to make debuts at Houston Grand Opera, as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (Jan 24–Feb 9), and the Washington National Opera, where he revisits Ishmael/Greenhorn, the role he originally created, in the East Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick (Feb 22–March 8).
For Costello’s Bavarian State Opera debut – an exciting, eleventh-hour addition to his schedule – he gives four performances as Rodolfo opposite Ana María Martínez’s Mimì in Otto Schenk’s classic take on La bohème, with Asher Fisch on the podium (Dec 15, 17, 20 & 23). The tenor has already won acclaim for his portrayal of Puccini’s hero: at Los Angeles Opera, he proved “a spectacular Rodolfo” (Music and Vision), and at the Vienna State Opera his performance was pronounced “vocally and dramatically enchanting” (Der Standard).
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